Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
We have a cabinet shop and a machine shop..........am WAY more "fussy" in wood world WRT cleaning,oiling,putting away tools.Understanding where oil is,and isn't appropriate.For instance;a die grinder or air sander used in wood shop will get the bare minimum of oil....almost to the point of starvation.Simply can't have oil drippin on wood.Further,in wood shop is a very nice service(bucket) sink.I have to keep my hands clean around raw,unfinished wood.Dawn brand liquid detergent and green scotchbrite is used on my hands......after trying just about everything.The Dawn is also the "Derigueur" for paintbrush cleaning.....and a drop or two after cleaning is good for their storage.
The machine shop is nasty.Bridgeport's utilize a "total loss" oiling system.......if it dosn't have oil dripping from spindle,it's in need of some.Likewise the lathe'e stay WET with oil.And don't/won't clean up the piles of chips until they obscure some function of that equip.The BS in there sits in its own little pile of swarf.While I put very little faith in WD40(its Varsol in a can),for any lubricating properties......it is a heck of a good,cheap enough cleaner.
Overall,I'm way more concerned about the "atmosphere" than any ritual waxing or oiling.......all contamination issues aside.IOWs if you can control the shops humidity levels along with alittle understanding of your own body chemistry......rust and its abatement issues sort of just go away.Best of luck,BW
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